Mission

The Upham’s Elder Service Plan is part of a national network of programs called the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Our interdisciplinary team of physicians and specialists, nurses, social workers, therapists, and others work together to provide comprehensive medical services and support. Personalized care plans are developed in close collaboration with each Elder Service Plan participant and their families.

The PACE model of care evolved from the belief and experience that older adults with chronic care needs, and their families and caregivers, are better served by remaining in their homes and community whenever possible. PACE began as a demonstration project in the early 1970s in San Francisco. On Lok (Cantonese for “place of peace and happiness”) Senior Health Service coordinated many community-based services to help families in the Dorchester-Roxbury-Jamaica Plain-Mattapan neighborhoods care for aging family members—and avoid a nursing home placement. Ultimately this model of care for elders was funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and adopted in many other states.

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